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American Red Cross to install over 1,000 smoke detectors in Indianapolis

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Posted at 4:05 PM, Apr 30, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — This week the American Red Cross is going around Indianapolis installing more than 1,000 smoke detectors for people throughout the city as part of a nationwide effort called "Sound the Alarm, Save a Life."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) shows that the risks of dying in a fire at your home are cut in half when there are working smoke detectors. With that data, those from the American Red Cross say even if you don't need a free alarm, go ahead and check your detectors today and make sure they're working correctly.

"Even if you think you have a smoke alarm that is working, every ten years they need to be replaced because the sensors actually go bad," Vanessa Davis, with the American Red Cross Indiana Region Central Chapter, said. "They have an expiration date of ten years, so it's really important to keep an eye on whether you just have the batteries in there but the ultimate date of the smoke alarm."

The American Red Cross is scheduled to hand out and install the smoke detectors at the following locations:

  • Wednesday - Jameson Camp, 2001 Bridgeport Road, Indianapolis, IN 46231.
  • Thursday - The Harrison Retirement Community, 3060 Valley Farms Road, Indianapolis, IN 46214.
  • Friday - Avondale Meadows YMCA, 3908 Meadows Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46205.